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  • China wants compensation for parents who lost their only child in New Zealand quake

    03/14/2011 1:01:02 PM PDT · by americanophile · 57 replies
    Honolulu Star-Advertiser ^ | Mar 14, 2011 | AP
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand >> A Chinese official said Monday that New Zealand should consider special compensation to parents of Chinese students killed in an earthquake last month because their loss was magnified under the country’s one-child policy. Seven students from China have been identified among the 166 confirmed deaths in the quake that devastated Christchurch city on Feb. 22, and as many as 20 others are still missing. Chinese Embassy official Cheng Lei said Monday that Chinese quake victims had lost not just their only child, but also a future breadwinner. He said New Zealand should consider providing additional financial...
  • New Zealand teenager sparks outrage after taunting quake survivors on Facebook

    02/28/2011 5:12:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 28, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A New Zealand teenager has faced death threats after boasting about stealing ice cream and insulted survivors of the devastating earthquake on her Facebook page. Amy Knowles, 16, sparked an embarrassed reaction from her mother after her page on the social networking site was bombarded with messages from furious residents. She was visiting Christchurch from her home in Canterbury when the earthquake struck on Tuesday. She wrote: 'Stole ice creams, got drunk and mished around seeing f***** up s***, earthquakes aren't soooo bad. 'Haha people give me s*** about loving in Rangiora. F*** you all, I have power, water, and...
  • Obama offers assistance to New Zealand [finally!]

    02/24/2011 4:20:49 PM PST · by americanophile · 21 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | February 24, 2011 | Press Trust Of India
    US President Barack Obama on Thursday offered all help in rescue and relief operations, as he called New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to offer condolences over the devastating earthquake that struck Christchurch. During the telephonic conversation, Obama noted that a US search and rescue team was on its way to New Zealand, and said the US was ready to provide whatever further support was needed in this difficult time. "The President underscored the close and enduring friendship between the American people and the people of New Zealand," the White House said. Prime Minister Key described the determination of the...
  • New Zealand earthquake damage illustrates risks from crustal faults

    02/22/2011 6:24:08 PM PST · by decimon · 12 replies
    Oregon State University ^ | February 22, 2011 | Unknown
    CORVALLIS, Ore. – The terribly destructive earthquake that just hit Christchurch, New Zealand, was only a moderate 6.3 magnitude, but had certain characteristics that offer an important lesson to cities up and down the West Coast of North America that face similar risks, experts say. The New Zealand earthquake killed dozens – and some fear the death toll may rise to the hundreds – and was an aftershock of the much more powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck that nation last September near the same area, but caused no deaths. Even though this earthquake was weaker than last year’s event,...
  • Live updates: Christchurch quake (New Zealand 6.3 Fatalities Reported)

    02/21/2011 6:15:03 PM PST · by Nextrush · 97 replies
    TVNZ ^ | 2/22/2011 | TVNZ
    2:59 pm Civil Defense HQ in Wellington is on level 3-its highest level fo a domestic incident. They are struggling to reach staff in Christchurch. 2:58 pm NZTA confirms tht all its staff, including those at the Lyttleton Tunnel, are safe. 2:54 pm All AM radio frequencies are out in Christchurch. Newstalk ZB is broadcasting on....
  • 6.3 Earthquake Rocks Christchurch, New Zealand....

    02/21/2011 5:05:43 PM PST · by TaraP · 41 replies
    KTLA ^ | Feb 22nd, 2011
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- New Zealand's quake-ravaged Christchurch city was struck by a strong earthquake causing further damage after a strong quake hit the city last year, local media reported on Tuesday. The quake was measured at magnitude 6.3 by local scientists with a focal depth of 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres southwest of the country's second biggest city. Local media reported filing cabinets and computers being thrown from desks, damage to buildings, and a city bridge made impassable.
  • Sacred Mountains off limits to ‘Hobbit’ Production

    02/13/2011 9:09:01 PM PST · by Immerito · 14 replies
    The One Ring.Net ^ | February 12, 2011 | Calisuri
    The stark cone of Mt Ngauruhoe played a leading role in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, featuring as a smouldering Mt Doom. Now, only five weeks out from the scheduled start of filming for The Hobbit prequel, local Maori are set to put their foot down and refuse permission for the Oscar-winning director to use the central North Island mountains again. The iwi considered them sacred. In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins and his entourage journey through the Misty Mountains on their way to confront the dragon Smaug at the Lonely Mountain.
  • Warming to devastate glaciers, Antarctic icesheet - studies

    01/10/2011 3:34:31 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 9, 2011 | AFP via Yahoo! News
    PARIS (AFP) – Global warming may wipe out three-quarters of Europe's alpine glaciers by 2100 and hike sea levels by four metres (13 feet) by the year 3000 through melting the West Antarctic icesheet, two studies published on Sunday said. The research places the spotlight on two of the least understood aspects of climate change: how, when and where warming will affect glaciers on which many millions depend for their water, and the problems faced by generations in the far distant future. The glacier study predicts that mountain glaciers and icecaps will shrink by 15-27 percent in volume terms on...
  • Missing pedigreed cat turns up — neutered (Neu Zealand)

    01/27/2011 2:24:38 PM PST · by decimon · 78 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 26, 2011 | Unknown
    > A valuable pedigreed cat that went missing from its New Zealand home turned up two days later a little different — it had been surgically castrated. > "What am I supposed to do now? I can't exactly get someone to sew them back on," she told the newspaper.
  • Braun Falsely Claims Harvard Degrees

    01/27/2011 12:25:46 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 53 replies
    The Crimson ^ | Jan 19 | Sophie T. Bearman
    Carol Moseley Braun, whose career includes a term in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois and a stint as U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, clearly has an impressive record of achievement behind her. One accomplishment that she can't claim, however, is having graduated with a degree from Harvard. Be that as it may, Braun did just that in a radio interview on a Chicago radio station last Wednesday, but Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune quickly caught the glitch. Braun, currently a candidate in Chicago's mayoral election, was speaking about the city's finances before changing the topic to education and saying:...
  • Should you just give robbers what they want?(New Zealand)

    01/26/2011 3:51:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 January, 2011 | David Codrea
    “A group that represents owners of dairies and small liquor stores says shop owners should be allowed to use weapons to defend themselves against violent attacks,” Radio New Zealand News reports. At first glance, it seems a real cultural disconnect for some of us in the U.S.—people asking others if they’re “allowed” to use tools to defend themselves, although isn’t that what getting “permits” is really all about? How is such presumption tolerated, let alone obeyed and even embraced as legitimate and necessary? We’re told a liquor store owner was attacked by a robber, and suffered a gunshot and a...
  • Taranaki Daily News pulls Texas gun column

    01/06/2011 3:36:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 January, 2011 | David Codrea
    UPDATE: The column has reappeared with no explanation or acknowledgments. A “Riding Shotgun “ opinion column by writer Rachel Stewart in which she related how seeing openly armed patrons in Texas diners left her “spellbound and queasy” is no longer accessible on the Taranaki Daily News website. Clicking on the link where the piece formerly resided results in a “Not Found” error message. [UPDATE: The piece has now returned with no acknowledgement of any controversy.] This follows publication of my Gun Rights Examiner column pointing out that open carry is not permitted under Texas law, as well as email inquiries...
  • Media disinformation on guns continues in Texas open carry hit piece

    12/31/2010 4:40:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Sitting down for dinner at any Texan diner, in my experience, often involves guns,” Rachel Stewart of the Tarnaki Daily News (New Zealand) informs her readers. I can't recall the exact number of times I have eaten a meal in the immediate company of a man, or men, with shooters on their hips in plain view. For me, I am always equal parts spellbound and queasy. Spellbound because there is something so fundamentally cowboy and western about it. Guns, freedom, country music and the Second Amendment. It is Texas after all. Yeeha! Try to recall the exact number, Ms. Stewart....
  • Early settlers rapidly transformed Kiwi forests with fire

    12/16/2010 8:45:15 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Sify ^ | Tuesday, December 14, 2010 | ANI
    Charcoal recovered from lakebed sediment cores has shown that just a few large fires within 200 years of initial colonization destroyed much of the South Island's lowland forest. Dave McWethy and Cathy Whitlock from Montana State University led the international team that carried out the study. Previous research by co-authors Matt McGlone and Janet Wilmshurst at Landcare Research in New Zealand showed that closed forests covered 85-90 percent of New Zealand prior to the arrival of Polynesians (Maori ) 700-800 years ago, but by the time Europeans settled in the mid 19th century, grass and shrubs had replaced over 40...
  • US, New Zealand secretly resume intelligence ties: report

    12/11/2010 5:59:29 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies · 5+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 11 , 2010
    The United States and New Zealand ended a near 25-year break in intelligence collaboration last year but kept the news secret... US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ...warned the news "should not be acknowledged in public".
  • New Zealand 'hanging on every hope' for miners missing after gas blast

    11/19/2010 9:02:44 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 6 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | November 19, 2010 | Staff
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A gas explosion ripped through one of New Zealand's largest coal mines Friday while dozens of workers were underground. Five of them, dazed and slightly injured, stumbled to the surface but 27 were missing, officials said. One was blown off his vehicle by the blast, which happened at about 3:45 p.m. local time (9:45 p.m. ET Thursday), while working about 5,000 feet into the mine. Television footage showed blackened and singed trees and light smoke billowing from the top of a mountain where a 360-foot ventilation shaft emerges. A nearby hut had been blown down, suggesting...
  • North Korean Funds for Beef Frozen by New Zealand(Kiwis ruined Kim Jong-eun's B-day)

    11/05/2010 7:59:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 1+ views
    DailyNK ^ | 11/05/10 | Park In Ho
    North Korean Funds for Beef Frozen by New Zealand By Park In Ho [2010-11-05 12:26 ] It has been confirmed by The Daily NK that North Korea failed in a recent attempt to import beef from New Zealand for the purpose of providing special gifts to cadres on Kim Jong Eun’s birthday, January 8, after the plan ran afoul of the New Zealand government, which froze the funds. According to a source from North Korea today, “$170,000 remitted by ‘Myohyang Bureau’ to a New Zealand bank in October to import parts for Japanese tourist buses and beef has been frozen...
  • Meet 'President' Hillary Clinton

    11/04/2010 7:06:05 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/4/10 | Patrick Gavin
    We all know that Hillary Clinton came close to winning the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2008. She wasn't successful, but some people clearly haven't forgotten about what could have been. The Secretary of State joined New Zealand Prime Minister John Phillip Key and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray Stuart McCully for remarks Thursday at Wellington's Parliament Theatrette, and the Prime Minister made a little slip up. "And we, in a purely bilateral basis, have concerns about the fact that Australia has an FTA," began Key. "They’re a very important part of our market in New...
  • New Zealand museum tells pregnant women to stay away

    10/12/2010 9:34:33 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/12/2010 | Paul Chapman in Wellington
    Or risk incurring a curse The Wellington-based museum, known as Te Papa - a Maori name that translates as "Our Place" - said it was imposing the rule as a condition demanded by tribes that had provided some of the items. The "stay away" warning went out to staff from regional museums who have been invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of items not usually on display to the public. Jane Keig, a spokesman for Te Papa, defended the museum's stance, saying some of the taonga, or treasures, "have been used in battle and to kill people". She said Maori believed...
  • 'Dikshit’: TV Anchor Laughs Uncontrollably at Diplomat’s Name On Air

    10/08/2010 4:31:21 PM PDT · by Errant · 39 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 8 October, 2010 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    New Zealand TV host Paul Henry couldn’t contain himself when teasing an upcoming interview with an Indian official. Henry repeatedly laughed an cackled when talking about New Delhi’s chief minister, Sheila Dikshit. But some aren’t finding it funny.... Henry’s outburst enraged Indian officials, especially considering his seemingly racists comments. “I‘ve known about her for a while and I’ve been laughing ever since,” he said, and then added, “It‘s so appropriate because she’s Indian.”
  • Kiwi Kite-Surfer Back in NZ After Brazil Adventure

    10/08/2010 4:58:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    3News ^ | 9/ | Jeff McTainsh
    Wellington's Louis Tapper has just completed a 2000km journey on his kite-board down the coast of Brazil. As well as setting a new world record, the 36-year-old also raised money for SurfAid – a charity looking to help communities in isolated surfing regions in Indonesia. Tapper is back to his day job in IT risk management after just completing one of the most high-risk adventures of his life. “Great to be finished,” he says. “The world record was really just a by-product of the 2000km but I'm just happy to be finished and ready to do some stress-free kiting now.”...
  • Waitrose forced to ditch halal lamb from Prince of Wales' Duchy range

    10/03/2010 7:11:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3rd October 2010 | Abul Taher
    Waitrose is to introduce a range of non-halal lamb products as a response to customers’ concerns about its meat supplies. Until now, all lamb sold by the store has been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law, with a Muslim reciting a prayer in Arabic over the meat. But Waitrose said last night that, from now on, organic Welsh lamb from its Duchy Originals range – established by Prince Charles to market produce from his estates – will no longer be halal. Waitrose said they made their decision in order to give customers ‘more choice’. But their reversal of policy comes...
  • N.Zealand burn-off sends dope smoke over school

    09/20/2010 7:11:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/20/10 | AFP
    WELLINGTON (AFP) – Police in New Zealand burning off seized cannabis were left red-faced when a change in the wind sent smoke billowing over a primary school, it was reported Tuesday. Officers in the South Island town of Picton were destroying cannabis and shredded paper in an incinerator at the local police station when the incident occurred, the Marlborough Express newspaper reported. It said St Joseph's School principal Peter Knowles noticed the smoke on Friday morning and complained to police, who immediately extinguished the fire.
  • Magnitude 7.4 quake hits New Zealand (4 MILES from Christchurch!)

    09/03/2010 10:10:48 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 74 replies
    National Post ^ | 09/03/2010 | Ron Nurwisah
    An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 has hit near the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Christchurch is the second-largest city in New Zealand and has a population of about 380,000.
  • Researchers study link between climate, wildfires ( Global Warming Money Scam )

    09/02/2010 8:55:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ap ^ | September 2, 2010
    Scientists from universities in Montana, Colorado and Idaho announced Wednesday the start of a 5-year, $3.85 million research project into how a changing climate will influence wildfires. The project is being pursued in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and researchers in Australia and New Zealand. The goal is to identify how human activities and climate change drive fires. The team will collaborate with researchers at the University of Tasmania, Australian National University, the University of Aukland and Landcare Research NZ.
  • NZ judge orders 'odd' name change (9-year-old named 'Talula Does the Hula from Hawaii')

    08/07/2010 12:43:37 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | 24th July 2010
    A judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so that she could change the name she hated - Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. Judge Rob Murfitt said that the name embarrassed the nine-year-old and could expose her to teasing. He attacked a trend of giving children bizarre names, citing several examples. Officials had blocked Sex Fruit, Keenan Got Lucy and Yeah Detroit, he said, but Number 16 Bus Shelter, Violence and Midnight Chardonnay had been allowed. One mother wanted to name her child O.crnia using text language, but was later persuaded to use Oceania,...
  • Prices rise as New Zealand passes emissions trading scheme

    07/04/2010 8:22:43 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/1/2010 | Paul Chapman
    Petrol and power prices have risen sharply in New Zealand after the government introduced a controversial emissions trading scheme. The government has pressed ahead with plans to slash the nation's carbon output, despite widespread opposition and New Zealand's larger neighbour Australia shelving its own scheme. Motorists were hit by a 3c (1.4p) rise in the price of a litre of petrol overnight, while householders face a 5 per cent increase in gas and electricity prices. It was the first step in a complex scheme, universally referred to as "the ETS", to slash carbon emissions back to 1990 levels. Some disgruntled...
  • NewZeal.Blogspot (Shamless Blog Ad (Beck recommends highly)

    06/25/2010 7:19:44 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 9 replies · 2+ views
    NewZeal.blogspot (news analysis & compilation site) ^ | On-going | Trevor London (and others)
    I have no connection to this guy at all, but Beck has now suggested checking his site every single day, along with Drudge, of course. (I wish he'd say FR, too, but that's another matter). Titles and coverage is on various conservative topics, with videos embedded.
  • New Zealand Bans Shechita

    06/02/2010 10:15:04 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 20 replies · 367+ views
    The Jewish Press ^ | 6/2/'10 | Dan Goldberg
    SYDNEY - New Zealand last week banned shechita, the kosher slaughter of animals. The country's new animal welfare code, which took effect Friday, mandates that all animals for commercial consumption be stunned prior to slaughter to ensure they are treated "humanely and in accordance with good practice and scientific knowledge." The regulation shocked the Jewish community. "This decision by the New Zealand government, one which has a Jewish prime minister, is outrageous," said Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, acting president of the Organization of Rabbis of Australasia. Advertisement "We will be doing everything possible to get this decision reversed." Gutnick, who travels...
  • New Zealand budget cuts income taxes to speed recovery

    05/31/2010 1:32:21 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 6 replies · 397+ views
    AP ^ | May 20, 2010 | RAY LILLEY
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand The government unveiled New Zealand's biggest tax changes in a quarter century Thursday, making across-the-board cuts in personal taxes in its annual budget that will be paid for by a hike in sales and property taxes. The tax package would encourage investment, savings, job creation and living standards, strengthen economic recovery and discourage property speculation and excess borrowing, Finance Minister Bill English said. "Our top priority is to get this economy growing as we come out of the recession," he told journalists. "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change the direction of this economy." The tax reforms...
  • Clarke and Dawes ask the million dollar questions (Great British humor on the economy. Really.)

    05/21/2010 7:40:49 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 23 replies · 642+ views
    May 20th, 2010 ^ | Clark and Dawes
    Take less than three minutes and laugh until you cry (or maybe the other way around), about the sorry state of the economy. I found this gem on Market Ticker, but the link takes you right to the video. Clarke and Dawes ask the million dollar questions
  • New Zealand PM Roasted Over Cannibalism Joke

    05/13/2010 10:19:35 AM PDT · by Sax · 33 replies · 548+ views
    AFP ^ | 5/13/10 | AFP
    WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand Prime Minister John Key found himself in hot water Thursday after joking about an indigenous tribe eating him for dinner. Key has been at loggerheads with a Maori tribe, the Tuhoe, over negotiations to settle their grievances over land confiscations by European settlers in the 19th century. During a speech to a tourism conference Thursday, Key joked about having dinner with the neighbouring Ngati Porou tribe, or iwi. "The good news is that I was having dinner with Ngati Porou as opposed to their neighbouring iwi which is Tuhoe, in which case I would have...
  • Bird molecules challenge to Moa's Ark theory [LOL!]

    05/06/2010 5:24:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 326+ views
    PhysOrg | May 4, 2010 | Provided by Massey University
    The so-called "Moa's Ark" theory - that New Zealand's animal and plant life has evolved largely untouched over 80 million years since the Gondwana supercontinent broke up - is being challenged by new molecular evidence from native birds. Dr Steve Trewick and Gillian Gibb, from the Institute of Natural Resources, have carried out a review of the molecular phylogenetic evidence for New Zealand's bird life... According to the review of the data, Dr Trewick says we must continue to rethink the way the biota (animal and plant life) developed and recognise that it has changed considerably over time. "Many New...
  • 'Vampire' trio sucked blood of victim

    05/05/2010 7:49:23 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 518+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 6, 2010
    A MAN was bitten by two men a woman and had his blood drunk in an alleged vampire-type attack in the dark on Wellington's Mt Victoria. Two men and a woman have been charged with wounding with intent to render a man unconscious in relation to the bizarre attack on February 20. James Phillip Brooks, 22, and Xenia Gregoriana Borichevsky, 19, were at Wellington District Court yesterday. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the third accused, James Eric Orr, 19.
  • Bieber fever as fans knock down mum

    04/28/2010 2:06:08 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 443+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 28, 2010
    TWEEN idol Justin Bieber is Twittering furious after his hat was stolen and his mother knocked over as 500 fans mobbed him in New Zealand. Bieber has gone on Twitter today asking his leagues of zealous teenage fans to show a little restraint following the Bieber-fever frenzy in the wake of his Australian and NZ appearances. Authorities had braced themselves for Bieber-mania by appointing extra security at Auckland Airport and his hotel but within hours of arriving in NZ, the 16-year-old pop sensation took to his mega-popular Twitter account to ask fans to stay under control. “Finally got to New...
  • New Zealand eyes income tax cuts

    04/20/2010 1:12:22 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 2 replies · 374+ views
    FT.com (Financial Times) ^ | April 19 2010 11:00 | Anna Fifield in Washington
    New Zealand’s centre-right government is considering cutting income tax rates and increasing the goods and services tax when it releases its budget next month as part of its efforts to rebalance the economy and make the country more internationally competitive. ... The Financial Times understands that the government will almost certainly increase the goods and services tax from 12.5 per cent to 15 per cent, to discourage excessive consumption, while cutting income tax rates.
  • FORTUNE: Why the U.S. can learn from New Zealand when it comes to taxes (follow the NZ VAT model)

    04/13/2010 6:47:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies · 1,138+ views
    Fortune ^ | 04/12/2010 | Dody Tsiantar
    Paul Volcker fired the shot heard around the world-or at least around tax circles-last week when delivered some bad news for anyone paying taxes. It's time, he said, to consider one more: the value-added tax-the consumption tax used widely across the Atlantic. "If at the end of the day we need to raise taxes, we should raise taxes," said the head of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, adding that the VAT, as it's called, is "not as toxic an idea" as we once thought. In fact, the United States is the only developed country that does not have a...
  • Scientists to Unearth Ice Age Secrets from Preserved Tree Rings [ kauri trees, New Zealand ]

    04/07/2010 7:12:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 433+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Tuesday, April 6, 2010 | University of Oxford
    Oxford University is involved in a research project to unearth 30,000 year old climate records, before they are lost forever. The rings of preserved kauri trees, hidden in New Zealand's peat bogs, hold the secret to climate fluctuations spanning back to the end of the last Ice Age... carbon dating and other analyses of the kauri tree rings. The trees store an immense amount of information about rapid and extreme climate change in the past. For instance, wide ring widths are associated with cool dry summer conditions... Tree rings are now known to be an excellent resource for extracting very...
  • Kawhia was home of the giant penguin (Fossil Penguin Man-sized!!)

    02/18/2006 11:37:42 AM PST · by gobucks · 18 replies · 736+ views
    Waikato Times (New Zealand) ^ | 18 Feb 2006 | Lucy Reed
    Children on a fossil hunt have discovered the remains of what may have been the biggest penguin to waddle the planet. The remains were found last month near Kawhia and are thought to be 40 million years old. Experts think it may be the finest example of the long-extinct bird found. They say the Kawhia giant dwarfed the huge emperor penguin, and had it lived today would have looked many men in the eye. The 22-strong expedition from the Hamilton Junior Naturalists Club were out to find fossils for a natural history museum at Te Kauri Lodge, near Kawhia, when...
  • Hate cleric will not participate in Swedish conference

    04/03/2010 4:13:58 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 3 replies · 408+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 04/03/2010 | TT/Thelocal
    US-born Muslim preacher Abdullah Hakim Quick, who has described Jews as "filthy" and advocates the execution of homosexuals, will not be participating in a Swedish young Muslim conference he was scheduled to speak at over Easter weekend. The decision to remove the controversial cleric from the conference schedule was based on a number of factors and made in consultation with Quick, according to the organisation. "We have made what we believe to be the best decision – for us, for him and for society in general," said Mohammed Amin Kharraki, chairman of Sveriges Unga Muslimer ('Sweden's Young Muslims'). Last week,...
  • Should NZ be Australia's 7th state?

    03/13/2010 8:27:28 PM PST · by myknowledge · 26 replies · 1,637+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 13, 2010
    MORE than 40 per cent of New Zealanders think it's time the South Pacific nation considered becoming Australia's seventh state, according to a survey of more than 1000 people. The research, conducted by UMR, asked residents on both sides of the Tasman for their views on a possible union of the countries, 110 years after New Zealand chose not to join the Australian Commonwealth, the New Zealand Herald reported. Of the New Zealanders asked, 41 per cent said the prospect of New Zealand becoming Australia's seventh state was "an idea worth debating".
  • New Zealanders favor new national flag

    02/11/2010 7:12:29 PM PST · by myknowledge · 28 replies · 1,318+ views
    UPI ^ | February 11, 2010
    AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A majority of New Zealanders want to change the nation's flag, with more than half favoring a design incorporating a symbolic silver fern, a poll indicates. A survey by the New Zealand Herald showed 52 percent thought it was time for a new design. The largest support came from those ages 40 to 70, the Herald reported Thursday. The silver fern is widely used as a symbol of the nation, and is featured on the coat of arms of New Zealand and on the country's $1 coin.
  • A Blog About HistoryMaori canoe unearthed on New Zealand beach

    02/09/2010 9:37:23 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 2 replies · 262+ views
    ablogabout history ^ | February 9, 2010 | u/a
    A canoe used for fishing and river travel, the waka tikai was discovered at the southern end of the beach. It took a couple of days to plan its excavation so that the seven-metre waka would not be damaged. Finding the whole length of a waka is fairly rare, as usually only sections are found, such as the prow or stern. Auckland Regional Council parks staff and locals carefully moved the waka on to a truck, which took it to a temporary home at the regional council depot. “It’s difficult to date the waka because it may have been created...
  • Scotch Whisky Meant To Warm Antarctic Explorers Retrieved After Century Locked In Ice

    02/06/2010 9:26:13 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies · 1,108+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | February 5, 2010 | AP
    Scotch whisky meant to warm Antarctic explorers retrieved after century locked in ice Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand - This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century. Five crates of Scotch whisky and two of brandy have been recovered by a team restoring an Antarctic hut used more than 100 years ago by famed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Ice cracked some of the bottles that had been left there in 1909, but the restorers said Friday they are confident the five crates contain intact bottles "given liquid can be heard when the crates are moved." New Zealand Antarctic...
  • Claws out over Air New Zealand's 'cougar' ad [VIDEO]

    01/22/2010 9:29:42 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 12 replies · 789+ views
    AFP ^ | 18 January, 2010 | AFP
    WELLINGTON — Air New Zealand has drawn the ire of a rape prevention group over a competition aimed at "cougars" -- middle-aged women who prefer younger men. The airline is offering 60 tickets for next month's Wellington Sevens rugby tournament to older women "who prefer their meat rare". The competition invites packs of up to four "cougars" to send in their photographs to the airline to gain a chance of winning the tickets. An accompanying YouTube video parodying wildlife documentaries says cougars are known for living off sparse vegetation during the day and large slabs of meat at night. It...
  • French try to 'disguise' wine as New Zealand produce

    01/08/2010 5:46:04 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 516+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/8/2010 | Bonnie Malkin in Sydney and Henry Samuel in Paris
    With a pedigree dating back thousands of years, the vineyards of France have long regarded themselves as the toast of the wine world. But in a humiliating blow to Gallic pride, winemakers have been accused of trying to pass off their bottles as New Zealand produce to cash in on the popularity of brands from down under. Sauvignon blanc from New Zealand has soared in popularity A tribunal in Australia has ruled Loire Valley-based firm Lacheteau labelled its sauvignon blanc Kiwi Cuvee in a nod to the quirkily-named New Zealand and Australian white wines. The wine is currently sold in...
  • Thousands of Octopuses wash up on Portugal Beach....

    01/03/2010 4:55:28 PM PST · by TaraP · 60 replies · 2,369+ views
    BBC ^ | Jan 3rd, 2010
    Thousands of dead octopuses have washed up on a beach in northern Portugal, in what is being called an environmental disaster. They cover a 5-mile stretch of Vila Nova de Gaia beach - no reason has yet been found for their appearance. The authorities have warned the public not to eat them. MEANWHILE: WELLINGTON: More than 120 whales died over 48 hours in two separate beachings in New Zealand, the Department of Conservation said on Monday. More than 20 pilot whales will be buried by Coromandel Maori on Monday after dying when they became stranded on Sunday. Sixty-three whales, mostly...
  • Officials Probe Auckland Firm's Role in Seized Arms Cache[N. Korean smuggling]

    12/18/2009 6:43:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 296+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/17/09 | PATRICK BARTA, DANIEL MICHAELS and SIMON LOUISSON
    DECEMBER 17, 2009 Officials Probe Auckland Firm's Role in Seized Arms Cache By PATRICK BARTA, DANIEL MICHAELS and SIMON LOUISSON New Zealand officials are investigating whether an Auckland-based company has links to a weapons-filled plane from North Korea that was detained in Bangkok last week. Investigators are still unsure where the plane -- carrying 35 tons of missiles, explosives and other armaments -- was heading or who coordinated the flight plan. Its five-member crew, from Kazakhstan and Belarus, remains in detention in Bangkok and all five have denied knowledge that there were weapons onboard. Officials in Kazakhstan and the Republic...
  • "Progressive" New Zealand Church Offends Christians Worldwide

    12/17/2009 10:08:35 AM PST · by Teófilo · 12 replies · 622+ views
    Folks, I stumbled upon this article published by the BBC. I invite you to read it. I won't republish it due to its prurient subject matter, and out of a sense of decorum and respect for Our Lord, His Mother, and his earthly father, Joseph. Read it carefully and then contact this "church" here and let them know what you think. This is what I told Glynn Cardy, the pastor:Dear Reverend Cardy: I've just read a news report published in the BBC website about your billboard distorting the meaning of Christ's virginal conception and mangling the marriage and family life...
  • NZ Anglican Church's Billboard Mocks Mary, Joseph and Virgin Birth

    12/16/2009 7:38:57 AM PST · by PanzerKardinal · 443 replies · 4,008+ views
    St. Mathew In The City ^ | 13 Dec 2009 | Glynn Cardy
    A "Progressive" Anglican church in Auckland New Zealand paid to have this billboard placed near their parish. Here are some excerpts written by the Vicar, Archdeacon Glynn Cardy on the church's website touting what he did. ________________ To make the news at Christmas it seems a priest just needs to question the literalness of a virgin giving birth. Many in society mistakenly think that to challenge literalism is to challenge the norms of Christianity. What progressive interpretations try to do however is remove the supernatural obfuscation and delve into the deeper spiritual truth of this festival. Christian fundamentalism believes a...